Monday, 4 July 2011

Designer Styling Tips to get you through Wedding Season (on a budget)

by: Leigh Ellen Thomas
Chanel_Calfskin_Flag_Bag_with_Mademoiselle_Chain_1_121x206Wedding season is upon us and as women we know that means spending $$$.  Whether you’re a bride to be, a member of the wedding party or just a friend with multiple embossed invitations piling up wedding season requires planning.  Bridal showers, bachelorette parties (or hen dos for my British friends), rehearsal dinners and the wedding itself have diverse dress requirements and we know hundreds of photos will be taken and posted on facebook, twitter, and (if you’re friends with me) blogs before we even make it home at the end of the day.

Here are some ideas to get you through wedding season in style without having to invest in the purchase of several pieces.

Bridal Shower:
This isn’t a big deal for guests but for the Bride-To-Be it’s a time for pretty party wear.  I like the idea of adding a little sparkle with a Coach Flower Necklace or theCoach_Poppy_Floral_Graffiti_Glam_Tote_1_206x170 Michael Kors Interlocking Rings Necklace.  Looking for a little colour? I really love the Kenneth Cole Multistrand Teal, Aqua, and Gold Necklace.

I like the idea of going bridal white with a Chanel Classic Flap Handbag with chain or super girly with a pink Juicy Couture Royal Ruffle Tote (good for bringing home all of the cards you’ll receive).  If you’re the support network at the shower, ie Maid of Honour or Mother of the Bride you’ll want something of a decent size in order to hold camera, pen and paper for writing down who all those gifts came from, etc.  A Michael Kors Braided Grommet Tote in fuchsia or Coach Poppy Floral Graffiti Tote fits the bill.

Bachelorette Party:
Gucci_Guccissima_Silver_Hobo_1_206x136This type of event calls for a bit of a glam and you certainly don’t want to be hauling too much with you as you party the night away.  I’m a sucker for Swarovski having lived in Austria where the company originated and I love this Swarovski Firelight Clutch. Need a little more storage room? Try this Gucci Guccissima Silver Hobo or Michael Kors Camden Shoulder Bag.

Rehearsal Dinner:Swarovski_Parallele_Pendant_Crystal_Necklace_I
More couples are moving towards casual rehearsal dinners but for most this is a fairly dressy event.  Now any of the following pieces would be perfect to compliment your wedding dress but if you’re heart set on purchasing that as the Bride-To-Be this might be a good time to break out some real bling like the Adriana Orsini Drop Pave Crystal Necklace, Swarovski Parallele Pendant Crystal Necklace or the Juicy Couture Sequin Drama Bib Necklace.  If you’re a guest and the wedding is going to be fairly formal then treat yourself to some frosting for the big event but don’t outshine the Bride at the rehearsal.  You might want to save the pieces above for the actual event.

Kate_Spade_New_York_Champagne_Bubbles_Spray_Necklace_IAs a wedding guest it’s a good idea to gauge how formal the event is going to be.  If they’re getting married on a beach it might be a good idea to lighten things up and if the invitation says Black Tie I’d skip the flip flops.  Generally a pretty clutch works for any wedding.  I’m loving this red Furla Clara Croc Clutch,   Python Michael Kors, shiny Coach Audrey Sequin Framed Wristlet and once again the Swarovski Firelight Calfskin Clutch.  If you want to be able to throw in a pair of ballet flats to replace your heels when the dancing starts then consider the slightly larger Michael Kors Camden or Louis Vuitton Monogram Houston.

Girls, if you’re looking for a real statement piece this is the time to call in the Kate Spade Champagne Bubble Spray Necklace LeighEllenprofilepic particularly if you’re going single!

Just know that there are MANY ways to look and feel your best at all wedding events, without spending a fortune!  Check out our Wedding and Special Occasion section for more inspiration.

Leigh-Ellen Thomas lives, loves and shops on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, golden retriever and the cat who rules them all.  For more fashion, travel and pet peeves visit her blog at

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